Today is anti-slavery day! It’s estimated that around 40.3 million people are still enslaved around the globe today. Here is the U.S. we tend to think of slavery as something that doesn’t happen here. But the reality is it does. And slavery is in the supply chains of a lot of our purchases. While all the products in our shop are made with love, we have two that specifically focus on empowering survivors of modern day slavery and educating consumers!
Thistle Farms is a brand of natural home and body products handcrafted in by survivors of addiction, prostitution, and human trafficking. Thistle Farm's employment program is just one of many ways this social enterprise is empowering women. Today Thistle Farm's residential program, Magdalene, allows these women to have the time and care they need to recover. Women are connected with therapists, opportunities to get their GED, medical attention, and more. Classes are offered on childcare, financial management, etiquette, and other skills for these women to lead successful lives. Your purchase of Thistle Farms products directly impacts the healing and empowerment of women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Because of customers like you, in 2017 Thistle Farms housed 61 survivors in the Magdalene residential program, employed 41 survivors across all departments, helped 11 survivors to move into their own apartment, and provided 1,873 medical and mental health appointments.
BRANDED Collective works with survivors of human trafficking through their partnership with End Slavery Tennessee. This socially minded jewelry company is able to provide job training and dignified employment opportunities to women survivors focused on re-entering the work force. Survivors are able to make a livable wage, learn a new skill, and be surrounded by a supportive community of women. Each piece of jewelry crafted is stamped with the initials of the survivor who made the jewelry. This allows consumers to go online and learn about the lady that made their piece. Customers are also able to send a message of Hope to survivors through BRANDED’s website! This is a great way to bridge the disconnect I think a lot of Americans experience. To read about and learn about women who are in the USA and have experienced modern day trafficking.
A Few Anti-Trafficking Products